Elizabeth Biley Andrion

In 2017, Andrion distinguished herself by helping establish Charter Communications as a rising wireless and technology innovator. Her team proposed a strong compromise position on licensing rules for the 3.5 MHz band, received authorization for Charter to conduct innovative testing of fixed wireless and mobile wireless technologies in 3.5 MHz, and successfully advocated that the FCC enact reasonable rules around the implementation of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard. “The most important legal issues for me have been those impacting Charter’s broadband deployment,” she says.

What have been the most important legal issues in communications for you in the past year?
The most important legal issues for me have been those impacting Charter’s broadband deployment: the FCC’s infrastructure proceedings, focused on speeding the deployment of broadband and the CBRS proceeding, focused on rules for the 3.5 GHz spectrum band.

What is your golden rule of negotiating?
My golden rule in negotiating is to put myself in the other person’s shoes, so as to best understand where they’re coming from. In addition to helping me best see their end goals and potential sticking points, it also softens any hardlining I might be inclined towards.

What movie superhero would most like to be and how would that character fit into the legal world of communications?
I don’t know if the superhero exists yet, but I would be someone who could see into the future. In the communications regulatory world—indeed, in all regulatory environments—such a skill would be invaluable. In my years in the industry, I’ve found the most effective regulators and lobbyists to be those with considerable foresight. In fact, the husband of my colleague happens to be the lead writer for Batman comics, and I’ve been lobbying for him to write me in as a character. I’ll suggest this.

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